Feb 1, 2013 7:00am EST
gutierrez in midland city, alabama. now here's matt. >>> put to a vote some time last week after hagel was met with sharp questions on either side of the aisle. capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more on that. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding any alarm bells. officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who, as you point out, is a republican who spent 12 years here in the senate representing nebraska. that should have made him very familiar with hearing that can get contentious, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iranian government as a legitimate government. i want your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say is it's recognizable, is recognized at the united nations. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'm a strong supporter of israel. i have been.
Feb 26, 2013 12:00pm EST
. and that is what we will be voting on now. later on, there will be a vote on whether to confirm senator hagel. the vote now is whether to bring this debate to an end. i hope we will so we can get on to the nomination vote. i yield the floor. i think it's noon and time for a vote. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. the senator from oklahoma has 30 seconds remaining. the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: let me say that we -- everything has been said, not everyone has said it. however, i would like to make sure that everyone understands that the actual statements that were made by the former senator hagel in terms of the relationship of our country with israel and iran prior to the time that he was nominated, because many of those statements were changed at that time. i encourage the no vote on cloture. the presiding officer: the time is expired. under the previous order, the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: cloture motion, we the undersigned senators in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate hereby move to br
Feb 1, 2013 5:00pm PST
. >> this is a clip from chuck hagel's hearing yesterday. listen to senator james inhofe's source for his information. >> there is an article the other day in the "washington post" by jennifer rubin called "our dim witted state department." it's kind of an interesting article. >> michael, how do you get these guys to stop listening to the same wild conspiracy theories? they just live in a different world. >> i think it is a little bit of a different world in that sense. i don't get -- i don't get the direction and the messaging that the party is putting out this right now. i really honestly don't. i think that we really need to sort of step back from this thing and really assess exactly what do we need to focus on. is benghazi of all the things that are pressing the american people right now something that as a national party we should be fixated on. hillary clinton, yes, she served as secretary of state. did an admiral job. most people would say that. yeah, there was this hiccup with benghazi. we unfortunately lost the lives of four u.s. servicemen out there, ambassador and the like. so how do we no
Feb 1, 2013 1:00pm PST
, they seem to be ready, the american people are with them. he's handling the fight over chuck hagel. it looks like hagel, despite the sort of abuse he got yesterday will be confirmed. but then it's also jack lew. we have heard that may be contentious, john brennan. steven chu announced he's stepping down. that's another opening to fill. not to mention susan rice's. at some point how much of a distraction are these fights and how much political capital do they eat up that sort of takes away from some of these policy things we're talking about? >> well, it's always a risk and it's become obviously a bigger deal in recent years and this is one of the reasons why i think rice stepped out of the running there because she didn't want to become a distraction. obviously any post that has to be filled up will eat up a little bit of your capital, but tames there are a lot of issue that is can't be ignored. the sequestration battles and unlike julian, i do kind of think that's a difference between the gun and the immigration battle in that republicans themselves really want this immigration issue off th
Feb 1, 2013 7:00am PST
senator chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense will be put to a vote some time next week. this after hagel was met with sharp questions from both sides of the aisle during his confirmation hearing on thursday. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding alarm bells but officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who served in the senate for 12 years, a republican from nebraska, and you would think that would make him very familiar with confirmation hearings, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iran nan government as a legitimate government and i would like your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say, should have said, it's recognizable. it's been recognized, is recognized at the un. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'
Feb 4, 2013 12:00pm EST
us with a valuable prism through which senator hagel's nomination, now pending consideration by the armed services committee, should be considered. by culture, i mean that the mind-set for years that has pervaded how the department of defense buys goods and services and manage its assets and resources without regard either to affordability or what our servicemen and women actually need to defend the nation. after years of developing initiatives intended to reform how the department does business, i'm convinced that the single-most effective agent of cultural change a the department is the right leadership, leadership that recognizes that the department host of the taxpayer, a stewardship obligation to extract maximum value for every defense dollar spent and a moral responsibility to the war fighter that these dollars are being spent wisely to effectively procure desired combat capability. we need strong fiscal leadership to reject the use or lose mentality that incentivizes managers of the departments programs and activities to spend every dollar, no matter what our prioritie